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  • Asthma

    I am a multi-athlete, I have asthma and want to join the National Guard. I have problems with my asthma maybe once or twice every couple of years. Does the National Guard have restrictions on asthma?

  • #2
    Re: Asthma

    Asthma is a disqualifier if you have been reliably diagnosed and symptomatic after your 13th birthday. However individuals DO MEET the standard if within the past 3 years they meet ALL of the following criteria:
    (a) No use of controller or rescue medications (including, but not limited to inhaled corticosteroids, leukotriene receptor antagonists, or short-acting beta agonists).
    (b) No exacerbations requiring acute medical treatment.
    (c) No use of oral steroids.
    (d) A current normal spirometry (within the past 90 days), performed in accordance with American Thoracic Society (ATS) guidelines and as defined by current National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) standards.


    • #3
      Re: Asthma

      Also, go get yourself a "pulmonary function test" to check the results. Ask your primary care provider.